A cow wearing an earmark.
- The definition of an earmark is a characteristic, an allocation of money in legislation, or a mark on the ear of an animal.
- The dark images and story in a noir film are an example of an earmark of that genre of film.
- A bill in Congress with a special agreement to give $10,000 to clean energy research is an example of an earmark.
- The numbered stamp on a cow in a farm is an example of an earmark.
- Earmark is defined as to mark or to set aside something for a specific group.
- An example of earmark is to turn down a page in a book.
- An example of earmark is to state a benefit to a group in a bill that's presented to Congress.
- an identification mark put on, or cut into, the ear of a domestic animal to show ownership
- any identifying mark or feature; characteristic; sign
- something specially set aside or reserved; often, specif., a government spending appropriation inserted into a bill, committee report, etc. and directed toward or benefiting a particular recipient: term often used to suggest political patronage
- to mark the ears of (livestock) for identification, usually by cropping or notching the ears in a distinctive way
- to set a distinctive or informative mark upon; identify
- to set aside or reserve for a special purpose or recipient
- a. An identifying feature or characteristic: a novel with all the earmarks of success.b. An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
- An item or provision in a legislative bill that allots money for a project or institution in a specific locale, usually written or sponsored by a representative from that area.
transitive verbear·marked, ear·mark·ing, ear·marks
- To reserve or designate for a particular purpose. See Synonyms at allocate.
- To mark the ear of (a domestic animal) for identification.
- To specify or allocate (funds) to be spent in a legislative earmark.
(third-person singular simple present earmarks, present participle earmarking, simple past and past participle earmarked)
- A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal, intended to indicate ownership.
- (US, politics) The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
- A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.